This course will explore many aspects of effective materials development, from key principles to practicalities. By the end of the course, you will have gained experience in evaluating materials for a particular context, adapting them for a specific target group, and producing and receiving feedback on your own materials. In addition to exploring findings from second language acquisition, ensuring appropriate levels of challenge, and learning to select and exploit texts, practical matters such as writing teacher’s notes, visual design, and using web tools are also addressed.


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Location: Norwich
Teachers of English at all levels. Other subject teachers welcome
Language Level: Minimum level B2/C1
Course dates: 
5 - 16 August 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £175
Course fee: £1125
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Accommodation (2 weeks):
Homestay (half-board): £546
Residential (half-board): £616
Residential (self-catering): £546
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Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

Principles of materials development
How language teaching material is used
Materials for specific contexts and cultures
Implications of second language acquisition research
Principled evaluation of materials
Principles and practice of materials adaptation
Affect, motivation and engagement in materials
Understanding and adjusting levels of challenge
Materials for teaching grammar and vocabulary
Materials for developing the four skills
Design, layout and illustration
Writing instructions and teacher’s notes

This course develops critical awareness of the theories of language acquisition and pedagogy applicable to materials development. You will look at different aspects of language learning materials, formulate and apply criteria for the evaluation and adaptation of them, and work both independently and in a team to produce different types of materials.

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This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:00 and 15:30, Monday - Friday. You will also take part in cross-curricular workshops on a variety of topics, and each course includes a free evening and weekend programme of social and cultural activities and trips.

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Further Information

Specific course content comes from feedback you and other participants give us through pre-course questionnaires, identifying your needs and priorities.

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for you to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to your classroom in your own professional contexts.

NILE offers various accommodation options, including homestay with carefully selected hosts and residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia. NILE’s dedicated student welfare team can be reached 24 hours a day.

All NILE courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or the development of language awareness.

Course Leader

Dr Jason Skeet Jason’s work as a consultant and trainer for NILE focuses on CLIL and EME (English Medium Education). He has worked on a range of NILE projects in various countries, including Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Brazil. He also provides training in formative assessment and educational materials design. Recent work for NILE includes the British Council/NILE EME capacity building project in Uzbekistan. Between 2018 and 2023 he was the MAPDLE Programme Leader and remains a tutor on the programme.

Previously Jason worked at Utrecht University providing advice and training for bilingual schools throughout The Netherlands. He has also taught on the university's UTEACH Master's Programme for bilingual and international school teachers. Before that he worked for seven years as a teacher at a Dutch bilingual secondary school.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
05 - 16 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks
05 - 16 August 2024 with Trinity CertPT Norwich 2 weeks